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Heart-Healthy Foods:

Healthy Foods

Eating heart-healthy foods can sometimes seem confusing as there is a lot of information out there about what is healthy eating. 

In this blog, you will learn which are good foods to eat as well as which ones to avoid. Knowing which foods are unhealthy is just as important, if not more so, than knowing which foods are heart-healthy foods. When you eliminate unhealthy foods, you're left with foods that are good healthy foods. 

Healthy Foods simply stated are foods from the produce area of the grocery store that involve fruits and vegetables. Some meats, some seafood, and some nuts. These are the foods that are the most healthy foods. 

The other foods that did not make it into the list above are really unhealthy foods which you should completely avoid altogether or at least be aware of the harmful, sickness-causing ingredients in them and limit your consumption of these foods as little as possible. 

There are many foods that disguise themselves as healthy when they are really unhealthy foods. We will show you how to tell the difference. It's really simple too. Once you get the hang of it, it's a piece of cake. Oh yeah, the cake is unhealthy as well. 

To start putting healthy eating habits in your life, let us learn about healthy eating guidelines first.

Healthy Eating Guidelines:

Healthy Eating

Here are some healthy eating guidelines to help you know which foods are heart-healthy foods and which are unhealthy foods? It may seem difficult but it is not. To be able to tell the difference between healthy foods and unhealthy foods there are some simple healthy eating guidelines for you to follow. 

Here we will be covering heart-healthy foods to eat. Be sure to not only read this area but read the other areas of the blog as well. The whole blog will help you be on a path to developing good healthy eating habits. 

To start having new healthy eating habits, do it a little bit at a time instead of all at once. This way, it will become a lifestyle instead of something you do for a few weeks or months and possibly return to ending unhealthy foods that are more damaging to you thank you think. 

Heart-Healthy Foods will help you feel better, have more energy, have improved mental clarity, have fewer symptoms, and/or sicknesses that are often caused by unhealthy food choices yet people aren't aware of this. More of this latter subject will be covered in the unhealthy foods area of this blog. 

In other areas of this blog, there is information on how to know what foods to avoid. By the process of elimination, you are left with foods that are heart-healthy. This is covered in the unhealthy foods section of this blog.

A List of Heart-Healthy Foods:

Healthy Food

We put what foods are healthy in other areas of this blog. What follows is a list of healthy foods that don't fall nicely in the categories listed under the healthy eating guidelines title. 

Before we proceed, remember, reading the list of ingredients and knowing what is healthy and unhealthy ingredients will help you to know which foods to eat and which ones to avoid.
This is important as everyone lives in different areas of the world. To put a simple list of healthy foods, it wouldn't be fair to you as a certain food may or may not be available where you live. Nor would it cover new food products that will become available in the future.
For bread, it is always said to eat whole wheat or whole grains. Many of these bread are unhealthy as they have unhealthy ingredients added to them. 
  1. Regular brown rice should be consumed over other kinds of rice. 
  2. Regular beans should be consumed over flavored or specialty bean mixes. 
  3. The majority of juice drinks should be avoided unless it is in its' pure state. Otherwise, there is most likely MSG added which is a harmful food additive. 
  4. Be aware of the organic section of your grocery store or even organic stores. Many of the food items sold have the same dangerous food additives as regular foods. 
The only way to know which foods are healthy and unhealthy is to learn to read the ingredients list!
Look at the Unhealthy Foods title of this site to learn more. By knowing what foods are healthy will help you to choose only healthy foods. Just as important, knowing which foods to avoid will also help you in such a large way to avoid unhealthy foods. By the process of elimination, you are left only with pure, heart-healthy foods for you and your family.

Heart-Healthy Fats:

Healthy Fats

What are the healthy fats? This is very simple. There are three types of heart-healthy fats that occur naturally in foods. 

Here is a list of good fats:
  1. Saturated fats 
  2. Poly-unsaturated fats 
  3. Mono-unsaturated fats 
These good fats are good for you to eat and they actually help your body to function well. You really don't want to eat a low-fat diet. To be heart-healthy, your body needs these fats. 

The benefits of eating these fats are less occurrence of sickness as well as the cleaning out of your arteries naturally to prevent heart attacks and strokes. 

It is the lack of these good fats that increase the risk of illness, disease, and heart problems. 

If you are reading a nutrition label and you see it says total fat is 20 grams and that saturated fat is 5 grams, the other 15 grams of fat are either poly-unsaturated or mono-unsaturated fats or a mix of both. 

For more questions about fats, feel free to contact us at contact@viaindiankitchen.com.

Heart-Healthy Vegetables:

Heart-Healthy Vegetables

Heart-Healthy vegetables are the ones that you buy in the produce area of your grocery store. We are not referring to the pre-packaged vegetables or vegetables in a can. 

We are referring to the vegetables that are in their natural state as if you just pulled them from the ground. 

For effective heart-healthy eating, it is best to buy vegetables in their natural state and prepare them at home. Yes, food preparation may take longer than you are used to. Yet, this is another thing that one needs to do to continue to develop healthy eating habits. 

Vegetables from the can or prepared vegetables that are already packaged have probably been stripped from the natural benefits that you would otherwise receive from them. 

We know not everyone is going to stop buying canned vegetables. If this is you, We recommend to at least be aware of how many canned vegetables you are consuming. When you have a chance, buy vegetables in their natural state. 

You don't have to make these changes all at once, a little at a time is all that is needed.

Heart-Healthy Nuts:

Heart-Healthy Nuts

There are healthy nuts and unhealthy nuts. To separate the good from the bad is easy to do once you know what you are looking for. Keep in mind, that sodium isn't bad for you when you consume from foods that are heart-healthy foods. It is a naturally occurring sodium in which the body does need some to function properly. 

Sodium is bad for you when you consume it in the high amounts that are in unhealthy foods. We'll leave this for the unhealthy foods section though. 

To know which are healthy nuts and unhealthy nuts, you want to avoid any nuts that are flavored or have added sugar. The flavored nuts have food additives in them that are unhealthy for you. More about food additives are covered elsewhere on this site. 

Nuts are high in healthy fats. Sometimes it is good to buy the various types of mixed nuts than it is to get only one type of nut. 

Macadamia nuts by themselves are very good because they are high in healthy fats and very low in carbohydrates. We'll go more into depth on other areas of the blog on this topic too.

Heart-Healthy Fruits:

Heart-Healthy Fruits

Healthy Fruits are a great addition to your heart-healthy eating plan. We are talking about natural fruits from the produce area of your grocery store. 

Canned fruits, pre-packaged fruits often have added sugars and/or food additives in them. They may look and sound healthy, yet once you read the ingredients list... you'll see they aren't healthy at all. 

You'll find when you start eating real fruits from the produce section of the store, the sweetness may not be as intense as you are used to. This is because if you are used to eating canned fruits, pre-packaged fruits, or fruits that have been processed in some way, there has been sugar added as well as other food additives that make it taste sweet as well as a lot better fruits in their natural state. 

Remember, start small. Start eating more healthy fruits in their real food state and start eating less of the canned, packaged, processed fruits. 

There will be more food preparation time ahead of you but it will be worth it for your health. To have fewer ailments and sickness is a good trade-off I think.

Heart-Healthy Meat and Seafood:

Hear-Healthy Meat and Seafood

Heart-Healthy eating doesn't mean that you avoid all meats. Healthy meat and seafood can be found, you just have to look for it. 

The majority of meat whether it is beef, chicken, turkey, etc is ok to eat. The problem lies in that what is often sold in grocery stores... no one knows what kind of hormones were injected into the animals. Nor does anyone know what was fed to these animals. The same applies to seafood. 

What is the best thing to do is to look for a local farmer or local butcher that you can be sure that the animals, whether meat or seafood, were not fed wild meals nor injected with hormones for faster and larger growth. 

The second alternative would be to look for meats and seafood that do not have any food additives in them such as MSG (monosodium glutamate), trans-fats, or the many other things that are put into foods. These are revealed in the unhealthy foods section of this blog.

Heart-Healthy Snacks:

Heart-Healthy Snack

Heart-Healthy Snacks for kids are the same healthy snacks adults should be eating. Just look among the choices you have for healthy foods and you can make your own healthy snack combination. 

Once you learn what healthy foods are to eat and what unhealthy foods are to avoid, it will be easy to choose among healthy foods to make various snack food combinations. 

If you are new to learning how to tell the difference, it may take a while longer, but the more you do it, the easier and faster it becomes. 

An example of a healthy snack though could be: 

Apple Strips dipped in peanut butter. Just cut up an apple into long pieces and use each one to dip in some healthy peanut butter. 

The above example presents one problem though. Not all peanut butter is healthy. There are many that sound and look healthy, but they aren't. 

As you learn to read the ingredients list on foods and know which ingredients to avoid, you'll get better at preparing healthy snacks for yourself as well as healthy snacks for kids.

Unhealthy Foods, Unhealthy Eating:

Unhealthy Food

Unhealthy foods are those that damage your health in the long term. Some of these foods may cause effects in the short term, but often you don't link the food to your symptom or illness. 

Unhealthy foods have food additives in them such as MSG (monosodium glutamate), aspartame, HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), and trans-fats (partially hydrogenated) just to name a few of the common ones. 

The only way to find out if foods have these ingredients in them is to read the ingredients list. You cannot trust the packaging or the nutrition label. 

You MUST read the list of ingredients and know what items you are looking for. 

If you are new to this, it will take a bit of time to learn how to tell what is most likely unhealthy by looking at it. This will also be invaluable to you as companies are always changing the names of their harmful food additives that cause symptoms of sicknesses as well as full-blown sicknesses and diseases. Keep in mind, most often these symptoms and sicknesses develop gradually over time so people don't link up the unhealthy foods they are eating with their "disease". 

Some good rules of thumb to follow: 
  1. If it's in the freezer section of the store, it is most likely unhealthy due to the preservatives and sodium that is added to pre-packaged foods. 
  2. If it is in a box, it is most likely unhealthy. 
  3. If it is something healthy such as peanuts or tuna (for example) but it is flavored such as chili lime, wasabi, or barbeque, you should avoid it. 
Those are just some guidelines to help weed out the bulk of things quickly. 

You should still when you have the time, go through the grocery store and look at the ingredients in the foods you eat. The same goes for these stores that are supposedly organic. They too have harmful food additives in the products. 

There are some companies that realize people are becoming more health-conscious and are changing the ingredients in their products. You'll learn who these companies and products are as you begin to read the list of ingredients as well. 

Some people may say eating healthy costs more money. It may be. Think of it this way... 

You are either going to pay a higher cost for healthy foods or you can pay a lower cost for unhealthy foods which down the road you'll be paying an extremely high price for the medical bills and prescriptions to take care of your illness that was caused by eating unhealthy. 

I'll go more into it on this site, but heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, obesity.... these aren't simple hereditary diseases. These are caused by the unhealthy foods you eat. Even the ones that look and sound healthy. One last example... those breakfast bars people eat, 99% of them are unhealthy for you!

Food Additives:

Food Additives

Food Additives in foods are what make them become unhealthy foods. 

Many of these food additives are what make food addictive and taste very good. They also cause immediate reactions in some people that cause allergy-like symptoms or disease-like symptoms. 

In the majority of people though, they don't do anything in the short term. Yet in the long-term, these food additives are what cause many sicknesses and illnesses in people. 

Since the build-up is often gradual and slowly occurs over time, no one puts together that these food additives are often the cause of disease and sickness instead of hereditary traits as is often stated. 

You may find as you start to follow healthy eating guidelines that you'll feel better, have more energy, have clearer thoughts, and many, if not all, of your "symptoms", will lessen if not disappear altogether. 

Unhealthy Food Additives: 

Aspartame and Artificial Sweeteners High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)Trans-fats. 

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